So i went to confession yesterday before Mass, and I was a bit late getting to church during the normal confession times (i go to an offcampus church ten minutes away, but i got stuck behind a slow walker). anyway i did my confession and it was something that the priest didn’t think was that big of an issue (when i mentioned it before, he would always brush it off), so he didn’t ask me to do the act of contrition and he didn’t give me a penance. He did give me absolution. This was like 15 minutes before Mass, so maybe he was afraid of starting Mass late?
so two questions
- Was the absolution valid?
- Is there ever a reason to skip penance or act of contrition?